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post #31576 of 33197
Hmm not sure if $80 is much of a budget, for retail at least. Maybe check out Century 21? There is location downtown and upper west side. The downtown location is usually swamped with tourists, but probably has a better selection. So far have not been happy with most of the belts I have as they only seem to have limited lifetime.

My Equus ones seem to be holding up well though.

Typically I try to match leathers with shoes, but sometimes I do also feel adventurous and will mix calf or bridle belts with suede footwear.
post #31577 of 33197

Do I need dress shoes to shorten and taper dress trousers at the tailor?

I don't possess a pair of dress shoes right now, and the only thing I have is sneakers. 

post #31578 of 33197
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Originally Posted by Dingusberry View Post

Do I need dress shoes to shorten and taper dress trousers at the tailor?
I don't possess a pair of dress shoes right now, and the only thing I have is sneakers. 

What do you plan to wear the dress trousers with after they've been shortened and tapered?
post #31579 of 33197

As the post above suggests, you need the type of shoes you intend to wear with the trousers you are getting altered. If that is dress shoes, then yes, you need them. If it's sneakers, sounds like you are in good shape.

post #31580 of 33197

can you clean a silk tie at home or is that something that should be sent to the dry cleaners for professional cleaning? 

post #31581 of 33197

What's is the easiest/most efficient way to travel with a suit jacket? Carry on only.

post #31582 of 33197
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What's is the easiest/most efficient way to travel with a suit jacket? Carry on only.

Wear it. Or turn inside out, fold and put in carryon.
post #31583 of 33197
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Originally Posted by Koala-T View Post

As the post above suggests, you need the type of shoes you intend to wear with the trousers you are getting altered. If that is dress shoes, then yes, you need them. If it's sneakers, sounds like you are in good shape.

In my experience, different types of shoes, open laced, closed, lace, loafers, will change your break too.
post #31584 of 33197
I'm looking for some tassel slippers / loafers for $200 -$300. The only brand that catches my eye right now is Felix Flair. Any recommendations??


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post #31585 of 33197
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Originally Posted by Dingusberry View Post
 

Do I need dress shoes to shorten and taper dress trousers at the tailor?

I don't possess a pair of dress shoes right now, and the only thing I have is sneakers. 

 

As per the replies above, ideally you would have dress shoes to wear at the tailor (assuming you will ultimately be wearing these trousers with dress shoes).  However, in a pinch, a good tailor can probably do the job without you wearing the dress shoes, as long as you tell him what your plans are, and as long as you can accept a job that may not be absolutely precise.

post #31586 of 33197

Considering black tie, if I am wearing a midnight blue tuxedo with black satin trims am I limited to black satin bow tie, black satin cumberbund and black satin suspenders?

post #31587 of 33197
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Originally Posted by Dingusberry View Post

Do I need dress shoes to shorten and taper dress trousers at the tailor?
I don't possess a pair of dress shoes right now, and the only thing I have is sneakers. 

I've never been to a Taylor that didn't have dress shoes on hand.
post #31588 of 33197
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Originally Posted by KaleidoscopicK View Post
 

Two inquiries:

 

1. I'll be in NYC this weekend and I'm looking for a tan dress belt to go with my Saint Crispin's shoes. Where can one get a good tan dress belt in NYC? Failing that, what are my options on the internet?

 

I'd like to spend no more than $80, but I can be convinced to go a little bit higher depending on the quality. Or is this unreasonable given my perameters? I am aware of Equus - I have a few belts from them in fact - but the British Pound to Canadian dollar conversion rate is horrendous and would like to try an alternative for the time being.

 

2. Is it a "rule" to match suede shoes with a suede belt? Or is that rule not as steadfast as finding a matching or closely similar colour? I have a pair of natural colour suede derbies from Walkover that I'd like to find a belt for too.

 

I prefer having my belt not be the same exact shade as my shoes, but rather in the same family. I wear my snuff suede shoes with a dark brown leather belt often. And I've worn my chocolate suede belt with leather shoes as well. I think it provides a nice variation of texture without looking contrived.

 

I have some nice belts from Kamakura that are at the 80$ pricepoint. You can call them ahead to see if they have anything in the color you desire. 

post #31589 of 33197
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Originally Posted by Muscles View Post

Considering black tie, if I am wearing a midnight blue tuxedo with black satin trims am I limited to black satin bow tie, black satin cumberbund and black satin suspenders?

I wouldn't say you're limited to those choices, but I would say they would be best practice.
1. The suspenders will be 99% hidden, so you could wear most anything.
2. The cummerbund will be mostly hidden, so you could wear most anything that is extremely dark. But keep it simple and just go with black. I prefer a cummerbund that isn't satin.
3. The bow will be on prominent display. Stick to black.
post #31590 of 33197
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Originally Posted by untchbleal View Post

I'm looking for some tassel slippers / loafers for $200 -$300. The only brand that catches my eye right now is Felix Flair. Any recommendations??


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